Saturday, October 31, 2009

Free Pyramids

After two months, it was time to see the biggie smalls and mediums. Yesterday, I went with some friends from work to the pyramids. They were in Giza and they were Great. There was also a free blues concert there at 4 pm which was incentive for going. Aside from the fact that it was the pyramids.

We ended up getting to the site at 3:45ish. Tickets to get in to the area are 40 LE and they were closing in 15 minutes so we decided to forgo some close up pyramid action and went over to a further entrance where the blues concert was going to be held. We entered for free and quickly saw that all we had to do to get up close to the pyramids was walk over a wimpy chain rope that was hung between two poles. Not even hop or go under it. Simply step over it.

And with that, we were in the pyramid complex and took some pictures with the history. The police officers there worked hard to kick everyone out since the area was supposed to close at 4 but they focused their efforts on the merchants first. The pyramids are notorious for having insistent hagglers who will do all they can to get you to buy some postcards, ride a camel, or just buy a stuffed animal camel. We dealt with only a few. When the officers tried kicking us out, we just pretended not to hear them and walked in the other direction. They had no desire to follow us so we spent a good amount of time with the pyramids all to ourselves. Plus, the weather was excellent.

Great!

This sand belongs to me. It is my history. I and the sand are one. Unfortunately, I also became one with all the dog, horse, and camel poop which fills the sand.

Definitely aliens.

Me sitting on the medium pyramid. Cool...I guess.

The pyramids also have an in-house Sphinx. I remembered the Sphinx being larger than it actually was but we hadn't seen each since the very first time I went to Egypt (over ten years ago) and I've grown since then.

Classic. Also known as the Postcard Pose.

After we got our pyramid fill, we headed back to the stage where the blues concert had already started. Apparently, the US Embassy sponsored a few blues artists to perform around Cairo and this was there last stop. The tour was called Blues on the Nile. Any concert in front of the pyramids has to be epic and the band lived up to it. Lots of good music and people dancing. It was the first time I've really danced since arriving in Cairo and it was very much needed.

At one point in the concert, the guitarist told us that he was going to bring some African American traditions to Cairo and then told us that we were going to church. We did some Jesus call and responses. It was surreal--never thought I'd be singing Jesus out loud in Cairo much less in front of the pyramids.

One day I hope to play the pyramids.


Epic.

All in all, a fine way to see the pyramids.

3 comments:

  1. You mean MY history! I and the sand are one!

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  2. I actually went in the smallest one almost 15 years ago. Don't know if you can do that anymore.

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